Fall 2013

Art Appreciation

Encounter studio arts major Ellen Lemos’
 low-stress demeanor as a Brenau art galleries volunteer and you would never suspect that 
she is best known at Brenau for “kills.” Growing up in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte – which is Portuguese for “Beautiful Horizon” – Ellen Lemos, WC ’14, was impatient to explore the world […]

Does Brenau Need a Women’s College?

For 135 years, an all-female institution has been the heart and soul of what is now Brenau University. Indeed, for 93 years – up until the time trustees changed the institution’s charter to pave the way to multiple coeducational campuses, online degrees, and graduate programs – the Women’s College WAS Brenau. In today’s collection of […]

The Byronic Woman

People in parts of Africa and the Caribbean believe that coils of hair called dreadlocks, or preferably just “locks,” endow wearers with spiritual strength. For Byronica Banks, a rising junior in the Brenau Women’s College, they make a stylish statement about her already powerful internal resources. “I’ve wanted locks for as long as I could […]

Miss Georgia

On the Friday before Memorial Day, Kayanne Shoeffner Massey, WC ’63, rose abruptly from a shaded picnic table she and her husband, Abit, had been chatting with friends. “I have to go,” she says matter-of-factly, “My grandson is in a coma and I have to look in on him.” As the saying goes, Chandler Massey […]

The $12,000 Man

When Jim Southerland first walked on the Brenau campus 44 years ago, he says “I thought I had slipped back in time.” The school and its old buildings and a campus surrounded by a hedgerow, it felt stuffy and a bit closed in. The late Paul Hemphill, the one-time writer-in-residence, later would refer to Brenau […]

The Second President Pearce

Lucile Townsend Pearce was not the typical Southern belle of the early 1900s. More at home on her horse than at a ball, she was demonstrably uncomfortable with the role society had created for women. Although she never held the top title as the university’s chief executive, she definitely shaped its evolution in the first […]

Mama Makes Up Her Mind

Mama was stubborn. “Set in her ways,” is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her, especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew […]

Twinkle in the Eyes

In 1936 the Gainesville Rotary Club asked local artist and Mark Trail comic strip illustrator Ed Dodd to do some pen and ink drawings of its members. Dodd complied, adding limericks. On the caricature of Hugh Hosch (pronounced like “shush”), owner of a textile mill that made denim clothing, he wrote: “Hugh Hosch had plenty […]

Charmaine Gilmore, WC ’10, EWC ’12, Tami English, EWC ’11, Alison Carling, WC ’04, Jessica Bowling, O ’10, Mycharia Spurling, WC ’13

As of Aug. 1, the office of Student Services saw some changes, but with very familiar faces. Former Director of Student Life and Leadership Charmaine Gilmore, WC ’10, EWC ’12, resigned to attend law school, and Tami English, EWC ’11, became assistant dean of student success and retention. Alison Carling, WC ’04, became the new […]

Elaina Davis, WC ’11

Elaina Davis, WC ’11, and Cody Averett announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Elaina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Brenau. She is currently enrolled in a family nurse practitioner master’s program at South University. She is also a registered nurse in the operating room at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in Johns […]